Friday, November 25, 2011

Simple Thanksgiving

This year we had a simple Thanksgiving meal with only our little nuclear family, and it was so nice.  I’d call it quiet, but my kids are far from quiet, and there might have been a moment, when the bubbly juice ran dry, that Carter stood in his chair and yelled, “Nooooooo!” to us all laughing at our silly middle boy.  A roaring fire was built in the fireplace. We took turns tallying our blessings, sent the kids a’packing away from the table when they became too rowdy, and lingered over our wine before dessert followed by some time in the spa for Paul and the kids while I popped dishes into the washer and decided everything else was just fine waiting for its own ‘platters & bowls’ load the next morning then went outside to hang out with my soggy family.  We laughed again at the steam billowing off Cole’s body as he climbed in and out, in  and out, in and out of the hot tub, then went inside to get jammieifed and watch Elf for the thousandth time in less than 2 wks.

Simple Thanksgiving Menu
Ham (remember, we really dislike turkey!)
Homemade Bread
Macaroni and Cheese
Asparagus with Hollandaise
Sour Cream Apple Pie a la Mode with Whipped Cream

Bubbly Cider
Pinot Grigio

We got a big honkin’ ham, and have already enjoyed the morning-after leftovers of toasty bread with jam, ham & eggs, and maybe a touch of hollandaise, too and have plans for tomato-okra-ham stew in a couple of days followed by red lentil & ham soup in a couple of weeks with the portion I froze last night. 

I hope everyone enjoyed their special meal as much as we did and is excited about the upcoming holiday season that we’re now truly beginning.  I have a bunch of ideas for what we can do to make it memorable and am dorkily excited about the new Lego advent calendar that we get to start playing with in only 6 days!

Ugh, now to pay the piper and do those last few dishes, I s’pose.  They didn’t do themselves last night, dangit.

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